Genesis 3:14

“And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the LORD God said vnto the Serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed aboue all cattel, and aboue euery beast of the field: vpon thy belly shalt thou goe, and dust shalt thou eate, all the dayes of thy life.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Lord God said to the snake, Because you have done this you are cursed more than all cattle and every beast of the field; you will go flat on the earth, and dust will be your food all the days of your life:
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah Elohim said to the serpent, Because thou hast done this, be thou cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field. On thy belly shalt thou go, and eat dust all the days of thy life.
- Darby Bible

And the LORD God said to the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field: upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you are cursed above all livestock, and above every animal of the field. On your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.
- World English Bible

And Jehovah God saith unto the serpent, `Because thou hast done this, cursed [art] thou above all the cattle, and above every beast of the field: on thy belly dost thou go, and dust thou dost eat, all days of thy life;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the LORD God said unto the serpent: 'Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou from among all cattle, and from among all beasts of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 3:14


3:14 To testify a displeasure against sin, God fastens a curse upon the serpent, Thou art cursed above all cattle - Even the creeping things, when God made them, were blessed of him, #Ge 1:22|, but sin turned the blessing into a curse. Upon thy belly shalt thou go - No longer upon feet, or half erect, but thou shalt crawl along, thy belly cleaving to the earth. Dust thou shalt eat - Which signifies a base and despicable condition.


Discussion for Genesis 3:14

  • Griselda Bittinger for verse 14
    so in Genesis 3 14 when the Lord tells the serpent ... because you have done this , you are cursed more than all cattle and more than every beast of the field. on your belly you shall go... let us think on these things, the serpent was once a beautiful angel cast out of heaven by God right? So when he decived Eve and made her eat of the fruit he was evil in doing so, as we are in doing evil towards the Lord our God, So would you not think He meaning God would not punish the Serpent like the snake he was and is today. I do! I believe that he is a lying ,slimy snake decieving who he can on this earth today as he did way back then to Eve. God bless you all and keep your eyes upward towards our reward is in Heavenly places and in JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.
  • Is it safe to that the serpent was a lizard, has leg and can erect up
  • Is it reasonable to assume that the serpent had wings, before he was cursed to slither on his belly?

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